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Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 5:40 pm
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Team Mocks: Redskins, Lions and Texans


BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

Take a look!


Washington Redskins

It has been a decade filled with highs and lows, sadness and hope, and anger and disbelief under Daniel Snyder's ownership.

Always the fan, Snyder has run the Redskins his way… and the foundation of the billion-dollar franchise was starting to crumble.

Now, in an effort to maintain the franchise's elite financial status, it appears Snyder has decided to allow football personnel to run and manage the team. He wisely hired salary cap guru Bruce Allen as the GM, and two-time Super Bowl champion Coach Mike Shanahan.

In need of a major overhaul, the Redskins can rebuild quickly with two strong football minds, a cap-less season, and the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Full Mock Draft


Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have plenty of needs heading into the offseason. Included among those are two positions most fans will bemoan spending any perceived early pick on… since the follies of the Matt Millen era are still fresh in their minds.

Fortunately for them, it appears as if the new leadership infrastructure is in place, and might just be a functional unit starting with GM Martin Mayhew and Coach Jim Schwartz.

Heading into the 2010 draft, Mayhew will try to build on last year’s successful draft, which included a franchise quarterback, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and two playmaking defensive cornerstones in Louis Delmas and DeAndre Levy.

His late-round selections also appear to be extremely insightful. And grabbing special teams assassin and Zack Follett in the last round may prove to be one of his better picks of the entire draft.

Full Mock Draft


Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have historically been a good drafting team.

Consider 2006.

Most people probably remember the debate over Mario Williams, Reggie Bush, and Vince Young. But, what many don't remember, is that the same draft also produced Pro Bowlers DeMeco Ryans and Owen Daniels, as well as right guard Eric Winston and steady receiver David Anderson.

The Texans could easily go another ten years and never have another draft class as good as that one.
Then again… they might do better this year. That's what makes the draft so fun!

So let's take a look at some possibilities for each round and see who might be the best, worst, and most likely scenarios.

Full Mock Draft

Posted on: February 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Texas vs. the Nation: Star power


By Chad Reuter , The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com


College football all-star games are known as much for sloppy play as big plays. The goal for players in Saturday's Texas vs. the Nation Challenge was to take advantage of a golden opportunity to make a positive impression on scouts.

Overall, quarterback play was average at best. Rusty Smith (Florida Atlantic) made some nice throws on the day but had a mental meltdown when he ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton threw the most consistently but was only 9 for 20 for the game.
      
  Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State) made the best throw of the day, loading up and throwing for 67 yards to Newberry's Kelton Tindal, who can run like no one else -- he's expected to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.2s at his pro day. Although Tindal didn't score, he made a nice adjustment to the ball in the air after using his elite separation speed, overcoming an up-and-down week of practices in terms of catching the ball. If he runs the blazing time most expect, look for Raiders' owner Al Davis to grab Tindal late in the draft.

Crompton's favorite target was Southern's Juamorris Stewart. Stewart failed to get his head around on a route for Crompton's throws early in the game, as he did in last week's practices. He came back strong, making multiple catches, including an outstanding catch on the sideline when coming back to help Crompton. The former Volunteer found Stewart again late in the third quarter -- behind Fresno State corner A.J. Jefferson -- to score from 36 yards out.

On the Texas side, the game was mostly about LSU speedster Trindon Holliday. He showed great balance, quickness and elusiveness with the ball in his hands playing running back, receiver and returner. He connected with Perriloux on another 67-yard play for a touchdown, going up to trap the ball against his chest near the sideline and getting downfield quickly for the score.

He consistently flipped field position on punts and kicks with quick decisions and pure speed. The return success might be viewed as a mirage by scouts, who know most of players covering kicks in this game are inexperienced on special teams, and Virginia Tech's Brent Bowden was very inconsistent putting air under the ball.

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Posted on: January 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Underclassman overload


By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com

An average class of elite senior talent, and fears about future rookie contract limits, have pushed a huge number of juniors and redshirt sophomores into the 2010 NFL Draft mix.

Fifteen underclassmen went in the first round in 2009, tying the record shared with the 2004 draft. The 23 juniors and third-year sophomores picked in the top two rounds last April, however, set the league record.

Every underclassman deciding whether or not to come out early has a lot of variables to consider: from coaching situations to family considerations to where the NFL Advisory Committee says they might be selected.

Here's a list of top underclassmen who have announced their decision to forgo their remaining eligibility or return to school. Players who have declared they are headed to the NFL can still change their mind, as they have 72 hours after the January 15 deadline to withdraw their names.

Check out the list!

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